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Easy Turkey Bone Broth Recipe

This Easy Turkey Bone Broth Recipe is perfect for your leftover Thanksgiving carcass. Making your own broth only requires a handful of ingredients. The broth will come in handy for soup or you can use it to sip on! 

turkey bone broth in mason jars

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What is Bone Broth

It’s made from animal bones, connective tissue, and water. It’s loaded with collagen, minerals, and has been reported to support a healthy diet.

The Difference Between Broth and Stock

According to Healthline the difference lies in what is used and the preparation. Stock is made from simmering bones and broth is made from simmering the actual meat along with vegetables. Broth typically has more flavor than stock.

Stock is different than “bone broth” because the bones aren’t simmered for as long.

What You Will Need

You will need a large stock pot, Dutch oven, Instant Pot, or slow cooker. You will also need a mesh strainer to strain the vegetables, meat, and bones once cooked.

For flavor you will need a handful of vegetables. Don’t stress too much about this. I typically use whatever I have on hand in my fridge. I love to focus on veggies that will start to go bad soon. I typically use onions, garlic, and celery. I also love to use shiitaki mushrooms if I have them because those are loaded with nutrients. Use whatever you like.

turkey bones, carcass, and fresh vegetables in an Instant Pot

How to Make Turkey Bone Broth

  1. Add all of the bones, carcass, water, and vegetables to the Instant Pot or slow cooker.
  2. Pressure cook or slow cook.
  3. Place a mesh strainer over a large bowl. Open the pot and strain the bones and scraps over the bowl to catch the broth.
  4. Store the broth.
turkey bone broth in an Instant Pot

How Long Do You Cook It

The longer you cook it, the better the quality of broth. You can usually tell by the color and if it has gold speckles at the top of the broth. With the Instant Pot, cook it for a minimum of 2 hours, I like to do 4 hours.

With a slow cooker, cook it on low for 12-24 hours.

turkey bone broth in an Instant Pot

Does it Have to Have the Gel Consistency

If you want the gel consistency then you will need to add apple cider vinegar. You will need 4 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar. Add that to your pot.

You can make a great batch of broth without the apple cider vinegar and it will still be quality broth. Usually, I have to refrigerate mine first to get that effect.

When you simmer the bones it releases the collagen from the bones of the bird into the water. Cooked collagen forms gelatin (yes, the stuff you see in marshmallows, jello, etc.).

turkey bones and scraps strained over turkey bone broth
turkey bone broth in a red bowl

How Long Will it Last in the Fridge

You can store it in the fridge for 3-4 days. After that, freeze it.

Storage

turkey bone broth in mason jars

Freezer Tips

I like to freeze my broth in these soup molds from Amazon. They are sectioned out into 1 cup portions, which makes it really easy to pop out and use the broth for a specific recipe.

You can freeze it up to 3 months.

frozen turkey bone brother in souper cube molds

What to Make With Broth/What to Do With It

Turkey Wild Rice Soup
Turkey Chili
Instant Pot White Chicken Chili
Pumpkin Chili
Chicken Lasagna Soup

Buffalo Chicken Soup
Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

turkey bone broth in mason jars
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Easy Turkey Bone Broth Recipe

This Easy Turkey Bone Broth Recipe is perfect for your leftover Thanksgiving carcass. Making your own broth only requires a handful of ingredients. The broth will come in handy for soup or you can use it to sip on! 
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword turkey bone broth, turkey broth
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8 cups
Calories 60kcal

Ingredients

  • whole turkey carcass and leftover bones from a cooked turkey It's fine if the bones have meat and skin.
  • water Enough to fill to the max line of your Instant Pot or slow cooker. I use filtered water.
  • 1 cup chopped onions Loosely chopped
  • 1 cup celery Loosely chopped
  • 2 fresh garlic cloves whole or minced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Instant Pot

  • Add all of the ingredients to the Instant Pot.
  • Fill the water to the max line of the pot.
  • Pressure cook for 2 hours, 4 hours is optimal.
  • When the pot indicates it has finished, allow the steam to release naturally, at least 30 minutes and then release the steam.
  • Place a mesh strainer over a large bowl. Open the pot and strain the bones and scraps over the bowl to catch the broth.
  • Store the broth.

Slow Cooker

  • Add all of the ingredients to the slow cooker.
  • Fill the water to the top of the pot.
  • Cook for 12-18 hours on Low.
  • Place a mesh strainer over a large bowl. Open the pot and strain the bones and scraps over the bowl to catch the broth.
  • Store the broth.

Notes

If you want the broth to gel up you will need to add 4 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar in along with all of the ingredients.
You can also re-use the bones, carcass, and scraps to make another batch of broth. With turkey, I usually find the second batch is equal quality to the first. 
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 60kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 2g
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Coby

Monday 30th of November 2020

Just strained mine and it’s cooling in mason jars! I’ve never made it in the instant pot before- it was nice to have a quicker option than the slow cooker. Thanks for the recipe!

staysnatched

Tuesday 1st of December 2020

You're welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

a.k.a Mrs. Bernie Madoff

Friday 27th of November 2020

I will be making this with the left over bones and skin/meat from the turkey from thanksgiving. i will use it for homemade Shrimp fried rice. They use baked chicken juices/broth cooked with the jamine rice, SOoooo delicious, and addictive. Thanks for all the information that i needed.....xoxo

staysnatched

Sunday 29th of November 2020

Yay! That's such a great use for turkey broth.